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  • Witness Of Combines

    Witness Of Combines

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kent Meyers
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (1998, Aug 15th).
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    The author reminisces about growing up on a 200-acre farm in the southern Minnesota prairie during the 1960s and 1970s, depicting a youth filled with curiosity and fascination about his world. more

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  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Ishmael Beah
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2007, Feb 13th).
    Pages:   240

    My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life."Why did you leave Sierra Leone?""Because there is a war.""You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?""Yes, all the time.""Cool."I smile a little."You should tell us about it sometime.""Yes, sometime."This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. more

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  • The Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca

    The Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca ...
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    Publisher:   University of Nebraska Press (2003, Mar 1st).
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    This edition of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca’s Relación offers readers Rolena Adorno and Patrick Charles Pautz's celebrated translation of Cabeza de Vaca’s account of the 1527 Pánfilo de Narváez expedition to North America. The dramatic narrative tells the story of some of the first Europeans and the first-known African to encounter the North American wilderness and its Native inhabitants. It is a fascinating tale of survival against the highest odds, and it highlights Native Americans and their interactions with the newcomers in a manner seldom seen in writings of the period. In this English-language edition, reproduced from their award-winning three-volume set, Adorno and Pautz supplement the engrossing account with a general introduction that orients the reader to Cabeza de Vaca’s world. more

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  • Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography

    Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Judith Morgan
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Random House; 1st edition (1995, Apr 11th).
    Pages:   345

    California journalists Neil and Judith Morgan present the authorized biography of the late Ted Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, the phenomenally successful, beloved author and illustrator of dozens of memorable children's books, including The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. 16 pages of photos. more

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  • Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War

    Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Michael Neufeld
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    Publisher:   Vintage; Reprint edition (2008, Nov 11th).
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    Michael J. Neufeld, curator and space historian at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, delivers a brilliantly nuanced biography of Wernher von Braun. Chief rocket engineer of the Third Reich and one of the fathers of the U.S. space program, Wernher von Braun is a source of consistent fascination. Glorified as a visionary and vilified as a war criminal, he was a man of profound moral complexities, whose intelligence and charisma were coupled with an enormous and, some would say, blinding ambition. Based on new sources, Neufeld's biography delivers a meticulously researched and authoritative portrait of the creator of the V-2 rocket and his times, detailing how he was a man caught between morality and progress, between his dreams of the heavens and the earthbound realities of his life. more

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  • The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

    The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Rebecca Musser
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Grand Central Publishing (2013, Sep 3rd).
    Pages:   352

    Rebecca Musser grew up in fear, concealing her family's polygamous lifestyle from the "dangerous" outside world. Covered head-to-toe in strict, modest clothing, she received a rigorous education at Alta Academy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' school headed by Warren Jeffs. Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens she became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs, Warren's father. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family. The church, however, had a way of pulling her back in-and by 2007, Rebecca had no choice but to take the witness stand against the new prophet of the FLDS in order to protect her little sisters and other young girls from being forced to marry at shockingly young ages. more

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  • My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope

    My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Ellie Laks
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    Publisher:   Harmony (2014, Mar 25th).
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    “My Gentle Barn is a wonderful book. You'll love Ellie Laks and the animals she rescued--and who rescued her back.” –Sy Montgomery, The Good Good PigFounder Ellie Laks started The Gentle Barn after adopting a sick goat from a run-down petting zoo in 1999. Some two hundred animals later (including chickens, horses, pigs, cows, rabbits, emus, and more), The Gentle Barn has become an extraordinary nonprofit that brings together a volunteer staff of community members and at-risk teens to rehabilitate abandoned and/or abused animals. As Ellie teaches the volunteers to care for the animals, they learn a new language of healing that works wonders on the humans as well. My Gentle Barn weaves together the story of how the Barn came to be what it is today with Ellie's own journey. more

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  • Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige Vs. Rookie Joe Dimaggio

    Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige Vs. Rookie Joe Dimaggio

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Floyd Cooper
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Carolrhoda Books (2013, Jan 1st).
    Pages:   32

    In 1936, the New York Yankees wanted to test a hot prospect named Joe DiMaggio to see if he was ready for the big leagues. They knew just the ballplayer to call Satchel Paige, the best pitcher anywhere, black or white. For the game, Paige joined a group of amateur African American players, and they faced off against a team of white major leaguers plus young DiMaggio. The odds were stacked against the less-experienced black team. But Paige's skillful batting and amazing pitching with his "trouble ball" and "bat dodger" kept the game close. Would the rookie DiMaggio prove himself as major league player? Or would Paige once again prove his greatness and the injustice of segregated baseball? more

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  • Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood

    Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Leah Vincent
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Nan A. Talese (2014, Jan 21st).
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    In the vein of Prozac Nation and Girl, Interrupted, an electrifying memoir about a young woman's promiscuous and self-destructive spiral after being cast out of her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, a fundamentalist sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and her ten siblings were raised to worship two things: God and the men who ruled their world. But the tradition-bound future Leah envisioned for herself was cut short when, at sixteen, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend, a violation of religious law that forbids contact between members of the opposite sex. Leah's parents were unforgiving. Afraid, in part, that her behavior would affect the marriage prospects of their other children, they put her on a plane and cut off ties. more

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  • The Rez Road Follies: Canoes, Casinos, Computers, and Birch Bark Baskets

    The Rez Road Follies: Canoes, Casinos, Computers, and Birch Bark Baskets

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jim Northrup
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    Publisher:   Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (1999, Oct 4th).
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    Are you a full-blooded Indian? No, I'm a pint low today, just came from the blood bank. Do you speak your language? Yup, and yours too.With wry humor, gentle candor, and an eye for the telling detail, Jim Northrup invites readers to explore the world of today's Anishinaabe, or Ojibway, people. In disarmingly simple and direct language, he recalls key events of his own life: enduring childhood at a bleak government boarding school, facing enemy fire in Vietnam, confronting family tragedies, becoming a grandfather and an almost-wise elder. Pithy Q&A sessions and jokes offer droll commentary on his encounters with the immigrant community (his term for Caucasian Americans), while leisurely told tales echo the pace of life on the reservation and explore the meaning of ancient rituals like the harvesting of wild rice and the impact of Indian casinos on native life. more

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